Nation's First Driverless Shuttle Involved in Collision - in First Hour of Service

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The Kelolis driverless shuttle bus crashed with a semi-truck.

Metro responded to an accident involving the shuttle and a delivery truck on the 100 block of S. 6th Street, near Fremont Street, at 12:07 p.m., according to police.

The city of Las Vegas is working hard on becoming a go-to destination for testing self-driving cars and the driverless shuttles are part of that program.

They determined that the shuttle came to a stop when it sensed the truck was attempting to back up.

The new bus was being hailed as the United States' first self-driving shuttle bus project, before it collided with a truck.

Technology onboard the Vegas shuttle was developed by Navya. The local police said the driver of a truck was at fault for the minor collision because he was backing up illegally, admittedly though, the shuttle could have avoided the accident if only it had reversed. The shuttle will remain out of service for the rest of the day.

"We believe our Las Vegas pilot will allow the public to experience this exciting technology for themselves and allow their voices to be heard as AAA studies how autonomous transportation can be safely deployed for public use". It seats eight people and has the ability to immediately brake automatically or manually in case anything crosses its path. AAA chose Las Vegas for the launch because of the state's progressive regulations on autonomous vehicles, heavy investment in innovation, the high volume of visitors and a sunny, dry climate that's favorable for testing new driving technology.

The shuttle is the first of its kind in the U.S., and Navya, the French tech firm behind the bus, is also performing test programmes in London and Paris. The shuttle is operated and maintained by Keolis, which also led the efforts to integrate its vehicle into the smart-city infrastructure, in partnership with the city of Las Vegas and NAVYA.